Wiles of Satan and how we can protect ourselves

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Do you realize how many enemies have encircled you! Enemies are masquerading as friends. You are being deceived. They are taking out their enmity on you. For the sake of Allah, steady yourself. Treat an enemy as an enemy and recognize who is a friend and who is an enemy.
Just see! The Friend is describing to you the wiles of the enemy and methods to shield yourself.
The Friend is Allah Most High and the enemy is Satan. The whispers that he casts into your hearts, they are his wiles. In its actual nature, the heart is like a sword or a horse. Regardless of whether the sword is wielded by its master or by someone against its master, it will still cut. No matter who mounts the horse, the master or the master’s enemy, the horse will still take you. In the same way, the heart is ready: Whether Satan affects it or an angel, it will accept that effect.
The human heart is in this dilemma. It should use its intellect and differentiate between a satanic whisper from an angelic inspiration and then act upon it. If Satan casts its effect on the heart, it leans towards him. If the angel casts its effect, it leans towards it. As long as the heart is not run over by any one of these forces, it is sometimes virtuous and sometimes evil. The way Satan casts his whisper in the heart is that it sits between the 2 shoulders and extends its snout to the heart and casts a whisper. For this reason, there was the Seal of Prophethood between both the blessed shoulders of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) because of which no satanic whisper could enter. For this reason, His devil couldn’t cast a whisper at Him.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: With every human being, a devil and an angel is born. Someone asked: Did the same happen with you too, O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)? He said: Yes. But the devil that was born with me has embraced Islam.



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